Spring Showers & Many Flowers

It’s finally Spring time!!! Time for rainy days, blooming flowers, & growing to begin! Spring is one of my favorite times. The sun has started to tease us & the rain makes this earth smell so good. What is it about rainy days that make them smell so good? I don’t mind the rain because it’s watering the ground so the flowers and greenery can grow again. & there is something so peaceful about a rainy day. It makes me want to put on my music and drink lots of coffee. The rain acts much like Jesus does with our hearts. Jesus is always trying to water our hearts, so they can grow to the full potential He has given them. He is ready to shower you with His goodness. & He may use day-to-day experiences, little reminders, or dramatic events to reach the depths of your soul. Jesus drenches the furrows and levels the ridges of our hearts with His love. Softening the hardness, brokenness, hurt & imperfections that make us rough around the edges. When we allow Him to soften our hearts, we are able to see what He has been showing us.

Psalm 65:9-10 You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.

 

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Jesus cares for your heart. He treasures your heart’s desires so dearly. He sees into the depths, concealing the hurt. When we let Him water our hearts, we begin to grow & change much like a flower grows in the Spring. It takes stages of transformation for your heart & a flower to grow. A flower goes through six stages:

Stage 1: The Seed & The Walls

Those walls you put up to protect yourself are a lot like the seed coat that protects the inside of a seed. This hard outer shell keeps the seed’s embryo safe inside. We tend to harden our hearts when we get hurt. It’s one of those things we are really good at. But what if those walls are blocking more than the hurt? Those “awesome” walls we put up sometimes block God’s truth from reaching the depths of our soul. Our hearts can’t grow if we can’t hear what Jesus is speaking to us. Or if we don’t want to hear what He is speaking because it goes against the walls we put up…

Stage 2: Germination & Nutrition

When the seed falls to the ground it needs water, warmth, and light to grow. Once the seed gets water the seed coat begins to soften and water enters the seed. At a certain point the seed coat splits due to the pressure of water.

Just like the flower, our hearts need these essential substances from Jesus to grow. Water (His word) to fill us with truth, the warmth of His love and His light of hope. Once we let His word sink into our heart the walls we built up burst and come crumbling down. The truth fills our hearts making it impossible to keep the walls up. If you are searching His word and truth the walls around your heart will come crumbling down.

At this stage, it is important that the seed is planted in the right place at the right time, in order to germinate. Don’t get frustrated if your walls aren’t coming down or if what worked for someone else doesn’t work for you. Different seeds have different needs! Be patient and wait on God to begin filling your heart with His truth. Some flowers take days to grow, others take months to years. We all grow and change at our own speed.

Stage 3: Growth & Blooming

At this stage the seed is growing a stem, leaves and a bud emerges. However, to continue growing the flower has to go through photosynthesis.

For our hearts to continue growing we need to be seeking essential “nutrients” from Jesus. Spending time with Him everyday, reading His word, and asking Him to change our hearts. The hope we have in our heart keeps growing and we begin to search further for the water. Our hearts begin to change and see things God’s way. We no longer see the need to hide behind walls and we can let our hearts bud into what we were meant to be.

Stage 4: Reproduction & Transformation

After the plant has receive it’s nutrients the bud opens and blossoms into a mature flower. The flower’s petals are noticeable and brightly colored. Beautiful for all to see.

When Jesus causes a change in our hearts others will notice. They will notice the hope and the joy you have. They will notice your fearlessness and the way you handle situations. You become a light to other’s hearts.

Stage 5: Pollination & Inspiration

Birds and insects carry pollen from plant to plant so new seeds can be made. Cross pollination sometimes when pollen is exchanged from different types of plants. Which results in stronger plants.

Just like flowers we need others to make us stronger. When we share the changes in our hearts with others we strengthen each other. I love when my friends tell me what God is speaking into their hearts. Sometimes it was exactly what I needed to hear or it inspires me to change the way I see things. Community is great!!

Stage 6: Spreading Seeds & Stories

Seeds are spread by many ways:

by wind: I think of a seed spinning in the air, touching a piece of earth here and there before it finds its resting place. Sharing how God touched your heart is a lot like that. Your story will reach many ears but will only touch some hearts. These are the hearts that God has made ready to receive the same type of heart change. The seeds will be planted in their hearts.

animals and humans: These seeds are picked up and placed in specific places. God places people in our lives so that we can plant a seed in their heart. Maybe all they need is a change in heart. Maybe they just need to hear the hope in your story. Maybe they just need a friend to help them plant a seed of change. Whatever it is, God knows and will make it known to you. He prepared your heart for a reason.

water: These seeds are carried by powerful streams. Jesus is the water that brings life to our seeds and our stories. You may think your story is small but Jesus is ready to use it in powerful ways. We just need to take the time to listen to Him. to take that leap of faith and share what is on our hearts.

Spring showers bring many flowers and my Jesus brings heart changes! This Spring let Jesus do some growing in your heart..

The Hopelessness

You know the hours. weeks. months. the ones that leave you feeling hopeless. One morning you wake up and it hits you. Your alarm is going off and you hit snooze and roll over. The sense of Hopelessness sits on the corner of your bed urging you to stay  under the covers. Reluctantly you get out of bed at the last possible minute and go through the motions of the day. Your Bible, filled with great truths and glorious words, sits on the night stand unopened. The book you normally love to wake up early to read and enjoy your coffee with remains shut. and why?

You can’t bring yourself to open the book.

You can’t bring yourself to pray.

You wonder ‘God, why am I feeling like this? Why is all of my motivation suddenly gone?’

Everything feels out of place.

Welcome to my world. The ups and downs of life. The times the Word of God is alive and speaking to me and the times I am not listening or pursuing the Word. Like you I am human. I have feelings, thoughts and dreams. Most of the time my life is good and I am able to find joy in the smallest of things. However, there are times that Hopelessness sits on my bed with me and speaks to me. Hopelessness tells me there is no point in getting up this morning, what is your purpose because I don’t see one, opening your bible won’t help you feel better, you will never be healed, and on and on it goes…

After letting Hopelessness sit with me for three weeks I opened my bible. And let me tell you I should’ve opened it the minute Hopelessness came to join me. But I didn’t and that in itself was a lesson God was teaching me.

So what did I learn when I opened that powerful book?

The Lord Jesus Christ gave us HOPE. Hope that in our sufferings and hard times we are made stronger. Our character is built along with our Hope in Jesus Christ. He does not disappoint us. For this reason we can put our total Hope in Him.

I love Isaiah 40:28-31 because it says…

28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

We put our total trust in the Lord our everlasting God because He gives us strength and power. When we are feeling down and discouraged we can have Hope that He is using us. His plans are so great and mighty. Don’t lose Hope. Don’t let Hopelessness sit with you.